After being asked about French translated building terms on many occasions by customers. In fact, it was obvious that I should compile an alphabetical list. This list will be added too on a regular basis. If you have any suggestions please add them to the comment box below and you too can participate in growing this resource.
Arrêt : This is the ‘Hold Back’ which holds the shutter to the wall in the open position.
Assurance : Insurance such as the insurance you would have for your home
Barre : The horizontal piece of timber on the back of your shutter
Bouché : A wooden plug to screw into for fixation.
Calculatrice : Calculator like the adding machine or a online calculator
Cascamite : Brand name of the glue we use so the same in French
Charnière : The complete hinge arrangement.
Clé : Key for locking and unlocking.
Châtaignier : Wood from the Chestnut tree
Chêne : The timber from the Oak tree.
Crochet : Hook
Echarpe : The Diaganol piece of timber as found in the ledge and braced construction.
Feuillure : Se trouve souvent sur le bord du tableau de la fenêtre et reçoit les volets. La plupart des nouvelles constructions ou bâtiments transformés n’ont pas cette optionRebate
Gond : this is the hinge component that fixes to the wall
Lame de volet : the toungue and grooved fir wood boards that your shutters are made from
Linteau : the lintle which supports the masonry above the window or door
Persiennes : Louvre Shutter
Perceuse : The drill
Perceuse avec système SDS : SDS drill for drilling masonry
Pin : wood from the Pine tree
Pin douglas : A good construction timber that resists insect is Douglas Fir but is a Pine tree not a Fir
Penture : the long hinge component that is bolted to the shutter known as the strap hinge
Poignée de fléau : this is a handle that doubles as a stay to hold shutters closed
SDS : SDS is the drill bit used for effecient masonry drilling
Scellement chimique : a fixation method using resin which comes in tubes and is used to fix the gond in the stone wall. We call this chemical fix and is a great way to fix into loose masonry
Serrure : Lock system such as a Mortice lock
Serre : Woodworking Clamps such as a f clamp or G clamp
Skellit : a popular brand of ‘Chemical Fix’
Sand : granular aggregate known as sand
Tableau : the window sill
Vis à expansion : expansion bolts like the ones that are a part of some Gonds
Volet : Shutter
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